Outdoor Activities

Enjoy a beautiful day outside with your kids! Check out all of these outdoor activities in your area and see what peaks your interest, then click on the category heading and you will be taken to a full list of local options. We have all the details about locations! Many have photographs and more information to help you decide where to go and what your kids will be interested in depending on their age and interests.

All of these lists were made by local moms for local parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Do you have an idea for a topic that hasn’t been covered or a spot that you’ve been enjoying? Comment below and let us know!

If you are looking for other resources, visit our Resources for Families page, buy half-price tickets to great local attractions and shows on our Half-Price Ticket page, and peruse our Indoor Activities page.

2019 Summer Festivals
A comprehensive list of all the family-friendly fairs and festivals in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago!

Memorial Day Weekend Events
A special edition of the weekend events, featuring local, family-friendly fun happening every day this Friday through Monday. Memorial Day Weekend Events!

Where to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe (Including Rentals)
Up a creek without a paddle... or paddleboard? These rental spots get you in the water with canoes, kayaks, and more.

Free Summer Fun for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2019
Free summer fun can be had all over the suburbs. We have compiled events and locations that will keep your summer schedule packed and inexpensive!

Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs
What better way to stay cool this summer than at a splash pad or spray park? Explore all the options... and don't forget the sunscreen!

Splish Splash in these Splash Pads in the Southwest Suburbs
There are splash pads all over the southwest suburbs, from Alsip to Romeoville and beyond, where families can cool off on hot summer days!

Sensory Garden Playground Play Days
Come to the Sensory Garden Playground Play Days in Lisle! Kidlist will be there handing out free snacks and swag in July!

Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2019 Memorial Day Parades and Events
Remember fallen soldiers, Memorial Day weekend by honoring their memory at one of the many parades and ceremonies in the Chicagoland area.

Your Guide to 2019 Summer Music Concerts in the Western Suburbs
Get the full live music schedule for the summer in this handy guide to summer music concerts for the western suburbs of Chicago.

All of the 2019 Summer Music Series in the Southwest Suburbs
Tinley Park, Joliet, Bolingbrook, and cities across the Southwest suburbs are all rocking out with summer concert series!

Giddy Up for Arlington’s 2019 Family Days!
Want to go to Family Days at Arlington Park? We have the scoop on parking, where to sit, where to watch the races, how to get goggles, and kids activities.

Summer 2019 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs
Pop some popcorn, pack your lawn chairs, and enjoy a beautiful summer evening with outdoor family movies in the western suburbs.